Thursday, December 4, 2008
Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rob Besserer, Cumberland Island, Georgia, 1990
chromogenic print, photograph
In the process of cataloging a new volume on Annie Leibovitz I was dismayed to discover that this was the first book to be placed under Leibovitz's cutter number (just in case you wanted to learn a little about where those pesky numbers on library books come from :). Since this is the first significant volume to go into our collection dedicated to Leibovitz (and it's a rather short volume too) I wanted to give today's Art Dose to Leibovitz.
Leibovitz is well-known for her unique celebrity portraits as well as her documentary photography. This photo of Baryshnikov is one of the over a hundred that are part of the internationally travelling exhibition, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005, organized by the Brooklyn Museum and currently at the National Portrait Gallery in London.